The Top 10 stories of 2017


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There were stories about events and issues that dominated 2017, stories that are still generating news and coverage.

But there are other stories that you read more than any other single story during 2017. In order, these are the Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2017:

Utah man arrested for setting 4 Oregon wildfires — September 12, 2017

Oregon State Police arrested 37-year-old Christopher Wilson of Salt Lake City in connection to four fires along Highway 97 between the area of Lava River Cave and milepost 180 south of La Pine.

30 cars crash on icy I-5 in Portland — February 3, 2017

No one was seriously injured in the accident that began around 2:30 a.m. A TriMet bus was called to shelter stranded drivers in the cold, but the bus had problems getting to the scene and was eventually called off after drivers made it to shelter at a nearby McDonalds. Both semi-trucks and cars were involved.

Man carrying mom’s severed head stabbed store clerk — May 14, 2017

Witnesses said Joshua Webb was covered in blood and carrying a knife and what appeared to be a human head when he walked into the Harvest Market Thriftway store on Mother’s Day.

Man who pulled gun on crowd found guilty — February 12, 2017

A judge has convicted the man who pulled a gun on a crowd of people during a Black Lives Matter rally outside the Multnomah County Justice Center.

Eagle Creek Fire grows to more than 10,000 acres — September 4, 2017

Flames were burning above Multnomah Falls and threatened hundreds of structures, including the Multnomah Falls Lodge, which is safe after crews stationed themselves around the structure overnight. Crews also put forth what Governor Kate Brown called a “heroic effort” to save other critical infrastructure including access to state parks and the fish hatchery.

Woman recalls MAX stabbing victim’s final words — May 28, 2017

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche came to the aid of 2 young women who were being verbally attacked on the train. Before that moment, Rachel Macy and Meche had been strangers. “I told him, ‘You’re a beautiful man. I’m so sorry the world is so cruel,’” Macy said.

Missing Camas teen’s car found with body inside — April 27, 2017

Cole Burbank and the Honda Accord he was driving. Undated photos released by Camas PD, April 14, 2017

The Camas Police Department said the black Honda Accord was found in a shopping center parking lot with the body of a young adult male inside. The Lewis County Coroner confirmed it was the body of 16-year-old Cole Burbank.

Can you view the eclipse using selfie mode? — August 16, 2017

Gen, 24, from Kyoto, Japan,  arrived in Portland and is hitchhiking to Ochoco National Park for the eclipse, August 18, 2017 (KOIN)

One popular question is can you watch the eclipse holding your phone with the totality behind you. According to Jim Todd, the OMSI director of Space Science Education, you can. Todd told KOIN 6 News,”Yes, you can. Selfie is fine. You are not looking at the sun in that fashion and you are taking a snapshot really.”

Sam Barlow HS student critically hurt in crash — June 27, 2017

A 17-year-old high school student is fighting for his life after he and his good friend collided at the driveway of his house in Gresham just after midnight June 27. He has since made a remarkable recovery and is out of the hospital.

Truckloads of baby fish hauled to river in restoration plan — March 10, 2017

These speckled, rose-tinted fish haven’t been spotted in this bubbling river in remote northeastern Oregon for more than 30 years — until now. But in early March, the waters of the Lostine River suddenly came alive as hundreds of the 4- and 5-inch-long juvenile coho salmon shot from a long white hose attached to a water tanker truck and into the frigid current.

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